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What Does Seagan Mean?

Vegan, Seagan, Vegetarian — What Do You Call Your Diet?

When deciding what to eat, there are countless camps to choose from: omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and more (don't forget the g-frees!). With all the ways to eat, identifying with a certain label can be convenient for conveying the restrictions of your diet without having to list every single thing you can and can't eat.

But what about modified diets like seagan? Lately we've been hearing this term more and more; "seagan diet" was coined to differentiate between pescetarians, who like seagans don't eat other types of meat except seafood, but unlike them still eat dairy and eggs, and seems to have a growing following. While the diet sounds healthy — lots of fresh whole foods and omega 3s! — the idea that a seagan is in any way a vegan has struck some as odd, since vegans often avoid all animal products for reasons that are more than diet-based.

Seaganism isn't the only modified diet on the block; every day there's a new word for a new diet (flexitarians, anyone?) that has more to do with what you allow yourself to eat rather than lifestyle changes. What do you think of terms like "seaganism"? Do you identify with a diet whether or not you agree with the other aspects of the lifestyle?

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Josh2545693 Josh2545693 3 years
It's so much easier to say Seagan than a complicated sentence. It's a cute term too. I think people understand. There is even a blog for it!!!http://www.seagandiet.blogspot.com Anyone know of any others? 
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 4 years
My diet = the ABCDEFGH diet. I do not eat/drink alcohol, bread, starchy carbs, dairy, extra sugar, fruit, gluten, hydrogenated oils/high fructose corn syrup
outsung outsung 4 years
I'd never heard the term Seagan but I might adopt it since it's so much easier to say than "I'm vegan on the weekdays but I have pescatarian cheat days on the weekends if I want them"
2muchtv 2muchtv 4 years
I'm vegan + honey (I just don't think bees are mistreated). I used to be lacto-veg, but no one knew what I was (do you eat fish? no. So, you're vegan? No, I'm vegan plus milk...ooOOoo) It's just easier to start with a term people should know (vegan) and then add to it (vegan plus milk and eggs, vegan plus seafood, vegan + eggs). When you get to the point where the + makes no sense, then it's just easier to state what you don't eat (I don't eat red meat, I don't eat chicken, I don't eat cow).
jesikah85 jesikah85 4 years
Ahh! I love this article! I have been a pescetarian/vegan for quite a awhile now and never had a name. This cracked me up! Now I know there are others out there like me! I love seafood and the many health benefits of it but I try to stay away from dairy and eggs as much as possible.
Sarah10563 Sarah10563 4 years
I haven't heard of "seaganism" but I actually follow that diet, I have been telling friends and family that I am a pesca-vegan for years. I grew up on the water so cancelling out seafood never worked for me, but I never liked other meats and cut out dairy and eggs due to the amount of antibiotics and steriods in the products. I haven't gotten sick in years and I am incredibly health conscious which is why this diet works. I hate labels and I really just eat what I like and what is good for my body.
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
for medical reasons i very regrettably don't consume milk/lactose products; for the sake of my sanity and health, i will eat everything else, in small and moderate amounts. however, in terms of my personal taste (palette) i am extremely picky; its difficult for friends bc i dislike foods most people tolerate (potatoes and "white" processed foods - breads, rice, pastas, noodles etc)
misstsapinay misstsapinay 4 years
I'm a lacto-ovu-tarian :)
radiowires radiowires 4 years
I'm vegetarian (lacto-ovo), but these days I eat so few animal products that it's just easier to describe my diet as "plant-based."
d4d d4d 4 years
I guess I call my diet healthy and balanced
amber512 amber512 4 years
I'm whatever you call someone who doesn't eat meat, but still eats things that don't have meat in them, but still aren't vegetarian, like gelatin. I don't know if there is such a word, but I don't think people would know what I meant even if there was one for it! Plus I agree that there is a difference between what I "can" eat and what I "choose to" eat. I can't eat gluten (amongst other intolerances), I choose not to eat meat.
ash2asl ash2asl 4 years
i also am not into the terminology because you still end up explaining your self anyways, but if i had to use a term I would be a pescetarian. Although recently my doctor told me to take dairy out of my diet for awhile due to some lactose intolerance issues. So i guess now I could be called a seagan, although i still eat eggs. See this is why the terms get confusing. My main thing is healthy, concious eating while eating only the things I choose to eat, like someone said in a ealier post I CAN eat whatever I want, but this is how I choose to eat and its what works for me.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 4 years
I also wanted to speak to this: "restrictions of your diet without having to list every single thing you can and can't eat." People in my office, though they are generally just trying to be considerate, will say, "Oh, you can't have cheese, right?" I do, in fact, eat cheese, but I CAN eat whatever I want. This statement comes from the misunderstanding of WHY people make their food choices. I do not follow a vegetarian diet for health reasons, I do because I don't thnk animals need to die for me to live. Being particular about your food choices is a personal choice. I am not going to drop dead if I accidentally eat a piece of fish, I just don't want to eat fish. I can, however, eat whatever I want. (except sesame seeds, then I'll drop dead)
ameliawesome ameliawesome 4 years
i am vegan, though i don't like the word vegan. i think terms like that confuse people, because we can't assume that everyone understands them. i was in an italian restaurant once and i ordered a particular salad minus the cheese because i am vegan, and they decided to replace the missing cheese with chunks of ham. they thought that vegan meant no dairy. when i'm in a restaurant where i don't expect veganism to be understood i break it down very clearly, or i tell them i am allergic to all animal products. i also have known people who call themselves vegan and still eat things like yogurt and honey. i don't have much faith in dietary terminology.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 4 years
I call myself vegetarian, because that's what I am. I do eat eggs and dairy, but no meat, fish, or seafood. Also, I will not eat anything with gelatin. If you haven't paid attention to that, it includes all mainstream gummy candies, jellos, marshmallows, and cheaper brands of Greek yogurts. Check your labels!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 4 years
Though I eat mostly vegan, the only thing I can really describe myself as is pescatarian. I'll eat anything except meat, but I do try to stick to a mostly plant-based diet!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 4 years
I describe my eating as 'Healthy'. I just try to listen to my body and feed it what it needs. Being more aware really came to light when I was pregnant with my Daughter. If you just relax and listen to the messages that your body is telling you, you will eat right. I've gone Vegan and Vegetarian before. But when doing those things I realized that it was not for me. I am not cookie cutter. My body is constantly evolving and so are it's needs.
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